In addition to platinum’s strength and density, it has another remarkable quality, that of flexibility. Platinum is so pliable, that just one gram of the metal can be drawn to produce a fine wire over one mile (almost 2 km) long. This quality has enabled jewelers to create some amazing versatile platinum mesh accessories, which could not be fashioned from other precious metals.
Industrial platinum is also used in the construction of catalytic converters as well as playing an important role in medicine due to the fact that it is not affected by the oxidizing reaction of blood, has excellent conductivity, and is compatible with living tissue. Consequently platinum’s qualities make it ideally suited for use in the manufacture of pacemakers, today servicing more than 50,000 people who consider it a life-saving metal.